Return to the Workplace: Challenges, Progress, and Operational Impacts

Deciding if, when, and how employees will return to the workplace is a complicated process. Whether you open up in a full or limited capacity or choose to embrace a new model, CORT Furniture Rental is here to help in a way that puts employee safety and comfort at the center of your strategy — while still meeting the needs of your business.

In 2020, we surveyed almost 1,000 respondents across 12 different industries to hear their thoughts, concerns and hopes across ten different areas related to the pandemic. At the time, we wanted to know about their perspectives on working from home, employee concerns with returning to work, business changes, and upcoming office trends ranked by safety.

For 2021, we’ve come back and surveyed nearly 750 respondents across 12 different industries to gather the necessary updated data to determine the types of challenges and considerations businesses are facing as they plan a return to the office

Throughout the study, we learned that even after a year of pandemic working, there is still a great deal of uncertainty. Although more than 80% of our respondents cited a need for employees to return to the office, the planning involved in this will require more intensive thinking around the topics of safety, workplace configurations, and hybrid working schedules.

What we found may surprise you, especially the responses around the future state of office work, but we hope these results help as you plan your safe and healthy return to work strategy.

CORT Furniture Rental return to the workplace survey

CORT Furniture Rental return to the workplace survey